Cross-Cultural Partnerships: Navigating the Complexities of Money and Mission

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InterVarsity Press, Feb 23, 2010 - Religion - 231 pages
One of the biggest challenges in global mission work is money?not merely the need for it, but working through cross-cultural differences surrounding how funds are used and accounted for. Cross-cultural missteps regarding financial issues can derail partnerships between supporting churches and agencies and national leaders on the ground. North Americans don?t understand how cultural expectations of patronage shape how financial support is perceived and understood, and Western money often comes with subtle strings attached. So local mission work is hampered by perceived paternalism, and donors are frustrated with lack of results or accountability. How do we build financial partnerships for effective mission without fostering neo-colonialism? Cross-cultural specialist Mary Lederleitner brings missiological and financial expertise to explain how global mission efforts can be funded with integrity, mutuality and transparency. Bringing together social science research, biblical principles and on-the-ground examples, she presents best practices for handling funding and finance. Cross-cultural partnerships can foster dignity, build capacity and work toward long-term sustainability. Lederleitner also addresses particular problems like misallocation of funds, embezzlement and fraud. This book is an essential guide for all who partner in global mission, whether pastors of supporting churches or missionaries and funding agencies.
 

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Contents

Foreword
11
Preface
15
Acknowledgments
17
Partnership Money and Cultural Intelligence
21
CORE CULTURAL CONCEPTS
31
Is It Mine or Ours?
33
Communication and Harmony
44
Other Confusing Issues
57
Fostering Dignity and Mutuality
122
Building Capacity and Sustainability
132
REDEEMING CONFLICT
145
Choosing Your Method Carefully
147
Options If Designated Funds Are Misallocated
161
Options If Embezzlement or Fraud Occurs
168
How to Tell If Christ Is Lord of Your Partnership
180
Finding Grace in the Big Picture
189

UPROOTING THE HARMFUL
67
The Path to Premature Judgments
69
Paternalism Couched as Accountability
77
Common Unintended Consequences
86
PARTNERING IN BETTER WAYS
99
Biblical Foundations for Accountability
101
Contextualizing Accounting Processes
110
Learning from the Sister Church Partnership
194
Facilitating a Culture of Fiscal Integrity
198
Recommendations for Further Reading
203
Notes
206
Bibliography
216
About the Author
231
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Mary T. Lederleitner is a cross-cultural consultant with Wycliffe, where she conducts research, writes, creates training programs and provides consulting services to equip those involved in cross-cultural ministry partnerships. Her focus is on helping leaders contextualize and develop processes that will facilitate fruitful partnerships and better cross-cultural relationships. She has traveled extensively throughout the world providing coaching and business consulting to mission and indigenous ministry leaders. She has been published in Evangelical Missions Quarterly and is completing her Ph.D. at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

Duane H. Elmer (Ph.D., Michigan State U.) is director of the Ph.D. program in educational studies and is the G. W. Aldeen Chair of International Studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. In addition to traveling and teaching in over 75 countries, he has provided cross-cultural training to Fortune 500 companies, relief and development agencies, mission organizations, churches and educational institutions. He has also conducted peace and reconciliation efforts in several countries. Recently, he led faculty development workshops at over 25 European and Middle Eastern schools on the theme of Teaching for Transformation. He has taught at Durban Bible College (Durban, South Africa), Michigan State University and Wheaton College and Graduate School.

His articles have been published in journals such as Moody Monthly, Evangelical Missions Quarterly, Christian Education Journal, Discernment, and Christianity Today. His books include An Analysis of Hebrews: A Programmed Instruction, Building Relationships, With an Eye on the Future: Church and Development in the Twenty-First Century, Cross-Cultural Conflict and Cross-Cultural Connections.

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